Morning top 5: Storm Doris hits; FG leadership on hold; and Malaysia blamed for Kim Jong-Nam's death

The top stories this Thursday morning

Around 8,000 properties are without power this morning as Storm Doris batters Ireland.

Gusts of up to 120 km per hour are expected in parts - particularly in the east along with driving rainfalls.

Two separate weather warnings are also in place for high winds.

Extremely windy, stormy in places for a time this morning, while showers will become more scattered this afternoon with better sunny spells.


The contenders to replace Enda Kenny as Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach are effectively putting their campaigns on hold for a month.

It follows a defiant performance by the Taoiseach at the Fine Gael Parliamentary party meeting last night.

Mr Kenny did signal that he'll step down by Easter, but only after rounding on his critics and launching an attack on the camps within the party.


Japanese tech firm Ricoh is to almost double its Irish workforce with a new Dublin headquarters.

110 people are to be taken on in Swords over the next three years, bringing its staff base here to 190.

Recruitment will be in the areas of technical engineering, software solutions, business development and operations management.


There are more 65-year-olds on jobseeker's benefit than at any other age, according to a leading charity.

Age Action say many people in forced retirement have no choice but to go on the dole for 12 months while waiting to receive their state pension at 66.

The group which represents older people is calling on TDs to back a bill which would abolish mandatory retirement clauses in a debate today.


North Korea has said Malaysia is to blame for the death of Kim Jong-Nam at an airport in Kuala Lumpur.

Pyongyang has also accused the Malaysian government of having an "unfriendly attitude" following the murder of Kim Jong-Un's estranged half-brother last week

According to KCNA, the country's state news agency, Mr Kim "suddenly fell into a state of shock" and died after suffering what it called "a heart stroke".